Fixture: Jannik Sinner vs Benjamin Bonzi
Date: 30 September 2020
Tournament: Roland Garros 2020
Round: Second round (Round of 64)
Venue: Paris, France
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Red clay
Prize money: Approx. €38,000,000
Match timing: Approx. 6 pm CEST, .30 pm IST
Live telecast: USA - NBC / Tennis Channel | India - Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
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Jannik Sinner vs Benjamin Bonzi preview
19-year-old Jannik Sinner is arguably the best young talent on the ATP circuit at the moment. The teenager made it to the Roland Garros main draw for the first time in his career this year, but has been making heads turn for a while now.
Sinner got off to the best possible start in Paris, beating No. 11 seed David Goffin in straight sets in the first round. The 7-5, 6-0, 6-3 scoreline was a testament to Sinner's utterly dominant performance.
This was Sinner's second win over Goffin and third against a top 10 player this year.
Qualifier Benjamin Bonzi also pulled off a coup of sorts in the first round, knocking out World No. 93 Emil Ruusuvuori.
The Frenchman won in straight sets, making it to the Round of 64 at Roland Garros for the second time in four years.
Bonzi will back himself against Sinner, particularly since he's tasted success in Paris before. He had won the boys doubles title at the 2014 French Open alongside Quentin Halys.
Jannik Sinner vs Benjamin Bonzi head-to-head
Jannik Sinner and Benjamin Bonzi have not faced off on tour before. Their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.
Jannik Sinner vs Benjamin Bonzi prediction
Despite still being a young and developing player, Jannik Sinner already has a mature game. The Italian can smack accurate and powerful strokes off both wings.
Sinner is a former junior skiing champion, which helps his lateral movement on the tennis court. The control and spin on his backhand are phenomenal as well; according to the ATP site, the revolutions that Sinner imparts on his backhand can rival that of any player on tour.
Benjamin Bonzi, on the other hand, has a strong and reliable serve. He won 70% of his first-serve points in the first round, while also saving eight out of 12 break points.
Bonzi's footwork is impressive too. The 24-year-old covers the court quickly and has the ability to hit powerful winners off his forehand.
This promises to be an exciting encounter between two talented and hungry players, but the Italian might just have a little too much firepower for his older opponent.
Prediction: Jannik Sinner to win in four sets.Published 29 Sep 2020, 17:12 IST